Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Genealogy Automation

I have been amazed at what has happened over the past year or so as MyHeritage, the company I work for, has taken genealogy record finding to the next level. MyHeritage Record Matching has automated the process of finding records and attaching them as sourced documents.

 In the past there have been many companies offering suggestions of records that may match your needs. With Record Matching these are no longer suggestions - they are almost certainly for a record that matches the people in your tree. The matches are not 100% sure - but they are very close with 98% or more being the most common reply I get when asking any source how accurate are their matches - many in fact tell me 100% It is really a privilege to watch as I receive more record matches that prove the matches are getting even more powerful.

 The most recent findings have been for people where the name in the tree and the name in the record vary greatly - yet there it is - another great match. Someone may have spelled it wrong in the tree - but all the places, dates and other facts line up and a match it is indeed. I have recently attended the BYU family history conference and will soon leave for FGS in Fort Wayne Indiana. I look forward to spending time in the booth showing off and teaching this amazing technology. Its very exciting to see these great advances making genealogy more automated.

I have run into many people who love to do the searching - still as seasoned and professional genealogist they are just floored to see what technology can find for them that they have missed over many decades of searching.

These new advancements make it much easier for casual genealogists to find great records while also allowing the hard core experts to expand their sources as well. Lake Tahoe and a little Olsen